Barcelona moving in for Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Ashley Cole
Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova is extremely calm considering his prized shot-stopper Victor Valdes is considering an away move. The 31-year-old Spain international has been linked to a number of top clubs only days after revealing talks with Barcelona over his new contract had broken down.
Tito Vilanova recently claimed that Barcelona were under no pressure from Victor Valdes. In spite of his claims, Barcelona are being linked to a move for Atletico Madrid’s goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
The predicament Barcelona face in their attempt to sign in Thibaut Courtois is that Chelsea are the actual owners of the young Spaniard. A trade between the two European giants is hard to fathom, yet Barcelona are showing signs of interest in Chelsea’s want-away left back Ashley Cole.
Thibaut Courtois has already announced he is happy to play for Atletico Madrid, who are second-placed and 11 points away from Barcelona in the league, but a big-money move to Camp Nou can certainly change the goalkeeper’s mind.
Barcelona’s interest in Ashley Cole is not a fable either. The 32-year-old world class defender has refused to ink a contract extension with Chelsea unless he is given an increment and a long-term deal. The England international has only six months left on his deal, which means Ashley Cole can now directly negotiate a transfer move with clubs.
Top notch clubs from around Europe have already approached Ashley Cole with transfer interest. The list includes clubs like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Juventus.
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is reportedly considering a bid for Ashley Cole, who would provide cover for Jordi Alba at the club. Ashley Cole will have to take a pay-cut from his £120,000 per week salary if he wants to join Barcelona.
According to media reports, Barcelona is preparing a £10 million Thibaut Courtois this January. Meanwhile, Victor Valdes is being linked to moves to Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Liverpool are currently the frontrunners for Victor Valdes’ services. The move would see Pepe Reina go the other way.
In spite of all speculation Tito Vilanova believes Victor Valdes’ decision to leave Barcelona will not affect the form of the club. The Spaniard insists Barcelona has plenty of time to find a replacement.
“Sometimes we think that Barcelona is the best club to play but we all have the right to play elsewhere, other cultures ... I respect him [Victor Valdes] a lot,” Tito Vilanova told AS. We have until July 2014 [to find a replacement]. The technical secretariat is updated. There is room and no problem.”